Classic Irish Soda Bread

This is a quick bread that is amazingly easy to make. It works great with soups and stews as well as toast with a good jam. Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour; plus more for work surface 1 cup cake flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1


Cherry Chocolate Baby Cakes

These are a great mini dessert for Valentine’s Day! Ingredients: 1 package brownie mix 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup water 2 eggs 2/3 cup cherry preserves 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 1/2 tablespoons milk 40 maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry, reserved juice Preheat oven to 350. Line 40 miniature muffin cups with


Molasses-Spice Cookies

This time of year always makes me crave the smell of ginger and spices baking into a cookie. These cookies take the idea of gingerbread and simplify it down to the perfect pairing with a cup of warm tea or coffee. Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1


Smells of the Season

When I was about 12, my mom decided that she wasn’t going to make any Christmas cookies because she didn’t have time. I fetl the need to rectify that because nothing says Christmas like fresh baked cookies. Now that I have nieces and a nephew I like making sugar cookies so they can cover them


Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

While these do not have peanut butter, they do have the peanut butter chips you find in the baking aisle. For those of us who don’t like raisins, this is a great way to still have and oatmeal cookie! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup shortening 1 tablespoon


Watermelon and Feta Pasta Salad

This is a simple and easy salad that works great as a side or solo for a light lunch. Ingredients: Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette 1 cup orzo pasta 3 cups seeded and diced watermelon 4 cups arugula 4 oz crumbled feta cheese Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette Stir together 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1 minced shallot, let sit. Whisk


Wedding Families and Traditions

May, June, July and August are the prime months for weddings and one of the things that sometimes gets lost nowadays is the comfort and love of both families coming together to form one family. The wedding celebration should bring in both the bride and the groom as well as their parents. The traditions of


Lemon Trifle

This is one of the best “fancy” dessert for spring and summer. Making the curd in the microwave also makes it incredibly easy. Any lefover curd can be used to spruce up waffles or biscuits. Lemon Curd Ingredients: 6 lemons (zest and 1 cup juice) 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 4 eggs Directions:


Strawberry Lemonade Muffins

I love the flavors of the muffins, the lemon and strawberrys play off of each other very well. Be sure that your self-rising flour is fresh so the muffins have the right fluffy-ness. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 cup sugar 8oz of sour cream 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 Tablespoon lemon zest (about


Pumpkin Cookies

These are incredibly easy to make and go great with coffee or tea. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 large egg